In a somewhat anti-climactic fashion, Harrisburg ended the Massac County Patriots baseball season Friday, June 4, in the second round of regionals.

The Bulldogs “short-gamed” the Patriots by a 10-0 count behind the two-hit pitching of Andrew Bittle. With that win, Harrisburg ran its record to 24-1 and then claimed its regional title with a 15-0 shellacking of Vienna.

I said “anti-climactic” because Harrisburg is clearly the “lead dog” around here now, and Massac had just snatched a win from the jaws of defeat on Thursday, June 3.

Trailing Eldorado 1-0 with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh inning, freshman Will Harmon drilled a game-winning single to give Massac a thrilling, come-from-behind, walk-off win in the opening game of the regional.

Pitchers Luke Maurer and Bryant Byrd (Eldorado) were locked in a “good ole good one” before Harmon’s game winner. Maurer threw the complete game going all seven innings, allowing only three hits while striking out five and walking only one. Byrd allowed only two hits while striking out 12 Patriots, but issued five walks.

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